Department of
Counselor Education


Art Therapy Program


Frequently Asked Questions


What is Art Therapy? *

Art Therapy is a human service profession that utilizes art media, images, the creative art process and patient/client responses to the created productions as reflections of an individual’s development, abilities, personality, interests, concerns, and conflicts. Art Therapy practice is based on knowledge of human developmental and psychological theories which are implemented in the full spectrum of models of assessment and treatment including educational, psychodynamic, cognitive, transpersonal, and other therapeutic means of reconciling emotional conflicts, fostering self-awareness, developing social skills, managing behavior, solving problems, reducing anxiety, aiding reality orientation and increasing self-esteem.

Art Therapy is an effective treatment for individuals who have developmental, medical, educational, social, or psychological impairments; and is practiced in mental health, rehabilitation, medical, educational, and forensic institutions. Populations of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds are served by art therapists in individual, couples, family, and group therapy formats.

* Definition from the American Art Therapy Association (


Where is Art Therapy practiced?

Art therapists work in private practice or as part of a treatment team. They work in both regular and special education schools, medical and psychiatric hospitals, correctional facilities, counseling centers, prisons, substance abuse rehabilitation programs, pain clinics, halfway houses, community centers, industrial/organizational settings, nursing homes, shelters, outpatient and inpatient treatment programs, and many other settings.


Who practices Art Therapy?

Entry into the profession is at the master’s level. The American Art Therapy Association (AATA), a professional membership organization for art therapists, approves educational programs, sets ethical standards, and works to promote and empower the field of art therapy. The Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) oversees the professional credentialing practice of art therapists.


Why Art Therapy?

Art therapy offers several advantages that verbal therapy cannot. Through the creation of art, one can express thoughts, feelings, and conflicts that cannot be easily expressed through words. Those who cannot communicate effectively through other means can benefit greatly from the process. Art is a direct path to the real issues an individual is struggling with; it bypasses defenses that we use to protect or distance ourselves. The process of making art is therapeutic in itself, as the client gives symbolic shape and form to inner feelings.


Who can I contact to find out detailed information about the Art Therapy Counseling program?



Associate Professor
Art Therapy Counseling Program, Director



Clinical Instructor

Associate Professor



Where is the Art Therapy Counseling program located?

If you need to mail something to the program, please send it to our mailing address:

Art Therapy Counseling
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4036
Emporia, KS 66801

The Earl Center, the office building that is home to Art Therapy Counseling, is located off of State Street across from Hammond Park. The two story, brick building houses the program in the Department of Counselor Education on the top level; the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence is located on the bottom level.

The physical address of the building is:

Art Therapy Counseling (not on the ESU main campus)
Department of Counselor Education
Earl Center, Rm #252
1601 State Street
Emporia, KS

Parking is free of charge and available in the parking lot surrounding The Earl Center.